by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 10, 2017
Berlin welcomed a record 11.5 million attendees to 137,500 events last year, a 2 percent increase over 2015 numbers in both metrics, according to the Berlin Convention Office of visitBerlin (visitberlin.com). The destination marketing organization also reported that approximately a quarter of the more than 31 million hotel nights booked in the German capital last year were related to conventions.
 
The top industry sector for events in 2016 was medicine, science and research, representing 16 percent of the city's meetings business. Conferences for the IT, electronics and communication fields were the second most popular, making up 13 percent of overall events. About 27,500 of the 137,500 events were international meetings; in 2015, the German capital hosted 27,000 international events. The DMO also reported that average convention spending was 237 euros per day, compared with leisure visitors, who spent an average of 204.8 euros per day. 
 
"The convention market in Berlin is continuing to grow," said Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin. "The city will continue to assert itself in an increasingly competitive environment. Especially, international conventions and events will be able to be brought to Berlin in increased numbers."